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Arsenal's £25m signing set for transfer 'talks' as likely outcome emerges

Kieran Tierney is reportedly likely to leave Arsenal this summer
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Arsenal star Kieran Tierney is reportedly set for crunch talks this summer over his future in north London.

Tierney spent last season on loan at Real Sociedad in La Liga. Despite spending portions of the campaign on the sidelines through injury, the left-back managed to feature 26 times for the Spanish club across all competitions including two in the Champions League.

The Gunners decided to loan Tierney to Sociedad due to the left-back options available to Mikel Arteta. Arsenal have Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jakub Kiwior who have all operated in that position, with Tierney departing in search of regular game time.

Now an update has emerged on Tierney's long-term future at the Emirates Stadium. According to The Athletic, Arsenal are set to hold talks with Tierney this summer where a decision will be made over whether he will remain with the Gunners into next season.

The report claims that Sociedad are unlikely to activate the option to make the deal to sign Tierney permanently this summer. However, it has been stated that Tierney still plans to leave Arsenal on a permanent basis when the transfer window opens, as he looks to play regular first-team football once again.

Arsenal signed Tierney from Celtic in 2019 in a £25 million deal and the left-back has gone on to make 124 appearances for the Gunners. The Scotland international did admit earlier this month that it was increasingly likely that he would be moving on from the club this summer if the squad depth remained the same when he returns to north London.

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“There is every chance,” Tierney told The Athletic last month when asked if he may have already made his final appearance for Arsenal. “Look at the squad depth in that position now.

“They have [Oleksandr] Zinchenko, [Jurrien] Timber, [Takehiro] Tomiyasu, [Jakub] Kiwior. Four players can play there. So if I go back and it’s the same as before then I’m not silly, I know the chances are I’ll be leaving.

“But you never know in football. You get the rare case with [William] Saliba, where he came back after a couple of good seasons (out on loan) but you don’t see it too often with someone who has played for four years, left, and then come back to play again.

“Stranger things have happened. I could go back and there is a place for me. So I’m prepared for both.”